Morrissey attacks ‘Nazi’ spirit of British Olympics
By Georgie Keate
After a weekend of Team GB victories, a lone voice emerged today to lambast the Olympics for "blustering jingoism" and "foul patriotism" reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
Morrissey released a statement on a fanzine attacking the "media-brand Britain" which is pervaded by "the spirit of 1939 Germany".
The open letter comes just one week after the singer complained on stage in Manchester that The Smiths should have been included in Danny Boyle's opening ceremony soundtrack.
"As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters," he wrote.
"Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the 'dazzling royals', laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole.
"In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought."
Morrisey's loathing for royalty was also extended to media celebrities: "The 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP."